Lautaro Martinez should snub Barca and stay at Inter, says Capello

Fabio Capello believes Lautaro Martinez should remain at Inter, instead of moving to Spanish giants Barcelona.

Lautaro Martinez has been in fine goal-scoring form for Internazionale this season   -  Getty Images

Inter star Lautaro Martinez should reject a move to Barcelona as he would be a substitute at the LaLiga champion, according to Fabio Capello.

Martinez is reportedly Barca's prime transfer target as the Spanish giant looks to sign a long-term replacement for veteran forward Luis Suarez.

Also linked to Real Madrid and Manchester City, Martinez had scored 16 goals in 31 games across all competitions before the coronavirus pandemic brought sport to a standstill.

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But former Madrid, Milan and Juventus head coach Capello urged the Argentina international to remain at Inter.

"If it were me I'd stay at Inter," Capello told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"At Barcelona he'd be a substitute."

Martinez has a €111million release clause and Inter is unwilling to accept anything less amid Barca's reported interest.

But the COVID-19 crisis, which has wreaked havoc across the world, is set to impact football finances and the transfer market.

"The market will be revolutionised," Capello added. "Absurd numbers had been seen, but now we'll return to a more reasonable level.

"It seems to me that the only team in Spain who won't be destroyed by the pandemic are Real Madrid.

"Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are going to suffer a lot."

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